Let me start by saying that I've been refletching my arrows for about a year now and with pretty good success. I have some faithful friends that let me fletch their arrows for free :O I started out with the Grayling Arrow fletcher and it works well. I do have some reservations but for the price and my needs, it works well. Ok, enough history, time for the review.
I recieved a $40 gift certificate to Cabelas this Christmas. Unsure of what to buy I decided to go with a new fletching tool. I had been eyeballing the Bitzenburger and the Arizona Ez Fletch. The Mrs' and I went to Cabelas in LaVista this past Saturday and I made my way to the archery section after a brief visit to the used gun rack. I looked for the Arizona EZ fletch tool along with the Bitzenburger for a side by side compairison. The only Arizona EZ fletch I could find was for a right helical, I wanted the straight version sice I use Predator vanes. So right then I decided to go with a Bitzenburger based on unavailibility of the Arizona EZ fletch in straight. But much to my suprize there was no Bitzenburgers either! They had the clamps in both RH helical and straight on the base of the shelf but no base to the fletching tool. I was upset beyond belief. So I browsed around the archery department and stumbled upon the Arizona EZ Fletch tool in straight. If anyone reading this works at Cabelas in La Vista, please rearrange the archery department, it's an absolute mess.
Now for the review. It costs just over $40 with tax. After you take it out of the package, you realize it's only worth about $ 7.42. The arms are flimsy due to the design of the tool. No doubt this was in effort to reduce costs and weight. The metal pins that hold the arms to the base can come out quite easily. In fact mine was half way out when I opened the package. All it took was for me to push it back in place with my finger. I decided to try and fletch my ICS carbon hunter arrow. It is difficult to see where to place the nock in the base of the tool. Once installed the arrow is snugly in place and will not fall out. I installed the predator vanes and applied some goat tuff and closed the arms. I hung the tool and let the glue set. The tool does a great job at fletching the arrow. I think some design changes are in order to beef up the arms. Between the arms and pins, these are the weak points of the tool. If Arizona were to make one out of aluminum or even steel this would be without a doubt the best fletching tool for your money. I give the tool a 3.5 out of 5. This is due to the cheap plastic construction. When I purchase something, I like to know that I've made a wise investment in my future. I'm not so sure this tool will survive even it's basic tasks. If my pup gets ahold of it, the tool will surely loose. I hope this helps someone because it took alot of time to write it